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AL ROUNDUP Texas powers way past Mariners on Matthews' homer



Published: Sun, July 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



His two-out blast in the ninth inning beat Seattle, 6-5.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SEATTLE -- Gary Matthews was asked if he could remember a team with more power than his Texas Rangers team.

"Yeah, last year's team," he said.

Matthews hit a two-out home run in the ninth inning Saturday, leading the Rangers over the Seattle Mariners 6-5 for their fourth straight victory.

Texas finished third in the AL with 227 home runs in 2004, but this year's version may be even better.

The Rangers, who lead the majors with 133 home runs, also got a three-run shot from Michael Young in the second and a solo shot from David Dellucci -- his third homer in three games -- in the fourth.

"We've got a lot of spots in the order that can really hurt you, but we have our moments, too," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "We've been doing a good job of taking advantage of what mistakes are made."

Matthews hit a line drive shot on a 1-1 sinker from J.J. Putz into the first row of the right-field seats.

"That was as hard a ball as I've seen hit this year," Showalter said.

Putz said it was a poor pitch.

"That was just a dumb pitch to throw at that point," he said. "Nobody on or in scoring position and he's looking to try and jerk one."

Beltre hits pair

Adrian Beltre had his first two-homer game since joining the Mariners, but struck out against rookie Kameron Loe (2-1) with the game tied and two men on to end the seventh. Beltre had departed before the media arrived in the clubhouse.

"It was a two-seamer in," Loe said of the strikeout pitch to Beltre. "I went after him with fastballs, trying to make him hit it on the ground. I ended up getting ahead of him with a chance to throw a dirty one."

Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 23 opportunities.

Seattle matched a season high with its seventh straight loss.

Dellucci homered for a 5-4 lead, but Beltre answered with a solo shot into the left-field bullpen in the fifth. It was his first multihomer game since Sept. 21 for the Dodgers against San Diego.

In 12 games since returning from a tight left hamstring, Beltre is hitting .360 (18-for-50) with three home runs and nine RBIs, raising his average 20 points to .264

Mariners starter Joel Pineiro needed 30 pitches, including three 3-2 counts, just to get out of the first inning. The Rangers scored only once, on Hank Blalock's single through the right side just past the diving Richie Sexson. Kevin Mench left the bases loaded when he swung through a 3-2 outside fastball.

C.J. Wilson, in his third major league start, also struggled in the first. He threw 26 pitches and walked three, including Raul Ibanez with the bases loaded.

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DP--Texas 1, Seattle 1. LOB--Texas 10, Seattle 6. 2B--Matthews (7), Winn (21). HR--Dellucci (15), MYoung (12), Matthews (4), Beltre 2 (8). S--Hansen.

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Twins 4, Devil Rays 1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Morneau hit a three-run homer and Kyle Lohse pitched eight strong innings for Minnesota.

Joe Mauer added an RBI double for Minnesota, which won for the fifth time in six games.

Jorge Cantu, a strong candidate to represent the reeling Devil Rays in the All-Star game, drove in a run with a fourth-inning single. The Devil Rays have lost seven of their last eight games overall and seven in a row to the Twins.

Lohse (7-6) gave up just four hits and one walk while striking out six. He got help from left fielder Shannon Stewart, who made a diving catch of Travis Lee's sinking liner to end the second and leaped against the wall in the eighth to take an extra-base hit away from Nick Green.

Joe Nathan worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 24 chances.

Seth McClung (0-4), making his second start since his recall from Triple-A Durham last week, gave up six hits, four runs and three walks in six innings. He struck out eight.

After totaling 27 victories over the previous two seasons, Lohse stumbled to a 9-13 record with a 5.34 ERA last year and was even worse this April. He had a strong May, going 3-1 with a 2.30 ERA, but June brought mostly more troubles -- until he turned in six shutout innings at Milwaukee last Sunday.

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E--Lugo (14). DP--Tampa Bay 2, Minnesota 1. LOB--Tampa Bay 3, Minnesota 7. 2B--Hollins (9), Mauer (10), JJones (10), LFord (18). 3B--LRodriguez (1). HR--Morneau (11). SB--Rivas (2).

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HBP--by TreMiller (LFord). Umpires--Home, Ted Barrett; First, Terry Craft; Second, Alfonso Marquez; Third, Brian Knight. T--2:05. A--26,393.

Angels 5, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bartolo Colon allowed one hit through seven innings, then walked off the field with the team trainer after surrendering three more in the eighth Angels' victory.

There was no immediate indication what, if anything, was wrong with the right-hander. Retiring 19 in a row in one stretch, Colon (11-4) wound up going 71/3 innings and giving up three runs and four hits, with five strikeouts and no walks.

Chone Figgins had three hits and scored twice for the AL West-leading Angels. Francisco Rodriguez earned his 15th save in 17 chances.

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E--ACastillo (2), Gobble (1). DP--Kansas City 1. LOB--Los Angeles 5, Kansas City 2. 2B--GAnderson (18), Izturis (5), McPherson (13), DeJesus (13), Brown (16). SB--Figgins (25). CS--Figgins (6), DaVanon (4).

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WP--Lima. Umpires--Home, C.B. Bucknor; First, Phil Cuzzi; Second, Ed Rapuano; Third, Jerry Crawford. T--2:33. A--16,051.

Yankees 8, Tigers 4

DETROIT -- Tony Womack hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth to break a tie and Bernie Williams followed with three-run homer to lift the New York Yankees.

Williams finished with four hits and five RBIs, matching a season high.

Womack was in the game because he ran for Jason Giambi in the eighth.

Dmitri Young's three-run homer gave Detroit a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning before the Yankees rallied with two runs in the sixth, one in the seventh and four in the ninth off closer Troy Percival (1-2).

Tom Gordon (2-3) entered the game in the seventh for New York, and retired five straight before Carlos Guillen reached on an error and Magglio Ordonez walked. Gordon got out of the eighth unscathed by striking out Ivan Rodriguez, who reacted by whipping his bat toward Detroit's dugout, hitting Young's foot in the on-deck circle.

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth.

New York's Mike Mussina started and finished strong, but was roughed up in the fourth inning. He gave up four runs -- all in one inning -- on seven hits while striking out five and walking none. He didn't give up a hit until Craig Monroe hit an infield single with one out in the third inning, then gave up just two hits over his final two innings.

Detroit's Sean Douglass gave up three runs -- one earned -- on seven hits and two walks. He struck out six in his second start of the season, replacing Wilfredo Ledezma as the Tigers' No. 5 starter.

Fernando Rodney relieved Douglass and gave up a run on two hits, getting only two outs.

Alex Rodriguez hit a one-out double off Troy Percival in the ninth. Hideki Matsui then popped out and Jorge Posada was intentionally walked, bringing Womack, who entered the game as a pinch-runner for Jason Giambi, to the plate.

The Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Rodriguez scored on Posada's fielder's choice.

Detroit went up 4-1 in the home half on two singles, a double and a home run.

Placido Polanco singled and scored on Ordonez's double before Young followed with his 13th homer.




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